DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
TIME: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
PLACE: Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport, Seattle, Washington (hotel info)
Complimentary Morning Session (registration required)

Registration      Speaker Bios


Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are the most famous use of blockchains, but distributed ledger technologies have a much broader range of applications across industries and government. Already there are several dozen distributed ledger protocols with few, if any technology standards driving this industry trend. New uses for these protocols are being found all the time in retail, the Internet of Things, logistics, finance and more. Join OMG in discussing the current state and potential future of this transformative technology.


time presentation
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and Blockchain Technology Overview
Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Object Management Group
09:15 - 09:45

The Benefits of Blockchain and Why You Should Care  View PDF
Chris Jones, President Dragonscale, a division of Dragonchain Co-founder, Blockchain Seattle Conference

2017 was the year that Bitcoin became "a thing" on a global scale and blockchain became a buzzword that opened doors to millions of dollars in investment. But with all of the attention the last 2 years have brought, very few people actually understand what blockchain is, the benefits it can deliver and why those of us working in the space are so excited about its future. In this talk we'll go beyond the headlines driving the news about crypto and blockchain and delve into what's actually happening on the ground in the blockchain world today.

09:45 - 10:15

The Microsoft vision for Blockchain  View PDF
JT Rose, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft

Blockchain is emerging as a topic of interest in our conversations with business leaders. A growing number of enterprises are experimenting with the technology as a secure and transparent way to digitally track the ownership of assets across trust boundaries, opening new opportunities for cross-organizational collaboration and imaginative new business models. Microsoft’s vision is to help companies thrive in this era of secure multi-party computation, delivering open, scalable platforms and services that any company, from ledger startups to governments, health organizations to global banks, can use to create new value.

10:15 - 10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:00 Distributed Immutable Data Objects  View PDF
Dr. Nick Stavros, Jackrabbit Consulting

Distributed Immutable Data Objects (DIDO) refers to the underlying technologies supporting distributed data and computation across a distributed network of peers using consensus algorithms to maintain integrity and consistency across the network. DIDOs are not limited to cryptocurrencies, the original blockchain, or distributed ledger technologies. DIDOs are applicable to other non-cryptocurrency domains such as supply chain, registries for birth, deaths etc., and lists of authentication and identification (IA) acceptable certificates including those that have been revoked. The DIDO concepts are captured within the OMG DIDO Reference Architecture (RA), intended to represent any architectures relying on distributed networks of peers that store data and allow parallel computation. The DIDO RA is not intended as a physical “must-have” requirements list, but more as a conceptual catalog of what “can-be.”
11:00 - 11:30 IOTA – The Backbone of IOT and the Machine-to-Machine Economy View PDF
Alexander Renz, Advisor to the IOTA Foundation
Paul Handy, Senior Software Engineer, IOTA Foundation

IOTA is a 3rd generation distributed ledger technology (DLT) based on a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) called the Tangle. Unlike traditional blockchain technologies, it is not based on ‘blocks’ and ‘chains’ with its inherent limitations such as scalability issues, transactions fees and centralization of mining power. We will discuss the key concepts the IOTA Tangle and discuss some of its use cases in the Industrial IoT and Smart Mobility context. IOTA is built for the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) economy. The technology is open source and developed and standardized by the IOTA Foundation, a Berlin-based not for profit organization.
11:30 - 12:20 Panel: The Future of Distributed Ledger
Moderator - Dr. Richard Mark Soley,
Panelists: Panelists: IOTA Foundation (Alexander Renz), Dragonchain (Paul Sonier), Pithia (Lawrence Lerner), IBM (Dennis Gerson), Bloccelerate VC (Kate Mitselmakher)
12:20 - 12:30 Wrap-up and Closing Comments, Announcements
Mike Bennett – OMG FDTF Co-Chair

OMG as the venue of choice for Blockchain standards. Announcing new Blockchain Special Interest Group